As of Wednesday, June 14, 2023
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April 15, 1962 – June 8, 2023
Rhonda Jo (Marsh) Frisby, born on April 15th, 1962, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Roger and Louise (Newby) Marsh, passed away on June 8, 2023, surrounded by her family.
She married Richard Frisby on June 18, 1982. They had four daughters, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Rhonda was an incredible, strong woman who loved her family and friends fiercely. She was proud of all their achievements big or small and she would tell anyone she met how amazing her daughters and grandchildren were and their most recent accomplishments.
Rhonda spent most of her career taking care of children and adults with developmental disabilities, and she was remarkable at it. She started an in-home daycare in 2006 and over the last 16 years became “Meemaw” to every child that came into her home. She had a special connection with children that allowed her to bring out the best in them and helped them to reach milestones that others could not.
Calling at 5 a.m. every birthday to sing Happy Birthday and be the first person you talk to. Talking for hours and hours about birthdays and Christmas to pick the exact present that fits a person’s personality and taste, and then watching with anticipation to make sure they love it. Calling all the grandkids after their first day of school to make sure they liked their teachers and had friends in their class. Bringing popsicles, juice, soup, or medicine when you are sick. These are just a few of the little things she did for her family that will be missed. “Her absence is like the sky, spread over everything.” -C.S. Lewis.
Rhonda was an avid supporter of the Webb City Cardinals. She enjoyed cheering on every team whether sports or academics. She enjoyed volunteering to help support the WC Cardinal programs any way she could.
Rhonda is survived by her husband, Richard, of Webb City; daughters Britney (Omari) Jackson, Webb City, Stephanie (Jerad) Wilson, Carterville, Michelle (Larry) Wald, Carterville, Kylie Frisby, Carterville; her grandchildren, Keeton Jackson, Aumri Jackson, Bryce Wilson, Brayden Wilson, Belin Jackson, Brentan Wilson, Connor Wald, Omari Jackson Jr., Laryn Wald and Nolan Wald; and great-grand-daughters Jalayh Jones and Naya DeSouza; and her siblings, Roger S Marsh, Tony Marsh, and Teresa Marsh; and countless friends that over time became part of the family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger and Louise Marsh; and a sister, Patricia Phillips.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at Simpson Funeral Home. A private graveside service to follow.
May 20, 1935 – June 9, 2023
Evelyn Margret McCullough, 88, Webb City, passed away Friday, June 9, 2023, at Webb City Health and Rehabilitation. She was born on May 20, 1935, in Yankton, S.D., the daughter of the late Herald Anderson and Helen (Doty) Anderson.
She married Robert “Bob” McCullough on April 18, 1952, in Waterton, S.D. He preceded her in death on Jan. 1, 2005. She and Bob moved to Carthage in 1954, where they made their home with their son. She was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Carthage and later Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses Joplin East Church. Evelyn enjoyed scrap booking, crocheting, deer hunting, fishing, and camping.
Survivors include her son, Randy McCullough (Traci), Oronogo; four grandchildren, Robert McCullough (Randi) Webb City, Rikki McCullough, Torrance, Calif., Jennifer McCullough, Torrance, and Brycen McAffee, Oronogo; a brother, Bill Anderson, Carthage; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by a brother, Bob Anderson; a sister Helen Hawkins; and stepdad Roy Jennings.
Funeral Services were held Wednesday, June 14, at the Knell Mortuary. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Carthage. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joplin Humane Society, in care of the mortuary.
Jan. 31, 1932 – June 7, 2023
Frankie J. Wolsey, born on Jan. 31, 1932, in Webb City, passed away on June 7, 2023. A remarkable woman with an unwavering spirit and zest for life, Frankie’s story is a testament to the power of love, resilience, and the pursuit of happiness. To quote the great Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all,” and Frankie wholeheartedly embraced every adventure that came her way.
Born into a loving family as Frankie Chrisman, she spent her life residing in Carthage. An incredibly talented seamstress, Frankie dedicated her career to the Clothing Company, where she brought her unique touch of creativity and skill to each garment she crafted. Beyond her professional achievements, Frankie was an an integral member of her local square dancing club. She was also a proud lifetime member of the Carthage VFW, where she passionately supported the local community and fellow veterans.
Frankie is survived by her daughters, Sharri Smith and Terri Chambell; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Chrisman; mother, Bulah Chrisman; husbands, Clyde Pendergraft and Norman Wolsey; brother, Richard Chrisman; and granddaughter, Vicki Pendergraft. In the words of poet Maya Angelou, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Frankie’s warmth, kindness, and love will be remembered by all who were fortunate enough to have known her.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, June 13, at Mount Hope Cemetery. Arrangements were under the direction of Simpson Funeral Home.